Monday, April 30, 2007

Reduce Income Tax

A couple of ideas:
1. buy medical insurance or term insurance with critical illness. 60% of the premium paid entitles you to tax relief. Max relief is RM3,000. Why not pay some money upfront and get better insurance converage.

2. for the folks who contribute to their religion society, spend RM1,000 on religious books. Then give these books to the poorer family who can't afford them. In a way, you contribute to your religious society/church and also help spread the gospels to the poorer folks who want to read but can't afford.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Income Tax

I filed my income tax online. This year, I have to pay inland revenue dept RM1,900 in tax even after all the huge deduction they took from my monthly salary!

RM1,900 can buy a refrigerator!

Niamah!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Does this look too cheap?


I wanna get a low end but comfortable sofa.

I thought this one in IKEA looks decent..
Question is, does it look too cheap?

Spiderman 3

Check out this 7.5 minute, never before seen preview of Spidey 3! Thanks, ZipD.

Note, for those who is not familiar with the black costume of Spiderman in the movie, I suggest that you read about it here to get some background. It will improve your movie experience a lot more :)

The Fly Part 3

I talked abt Mr Fly a while ago. Click on his name to read about it.

I really don't know how to describe this guy. He just like to imitate what I do. I mean, it is flattering that he's following the games I play, the notebook I use, the place I stay but sometimes he does it to the extreme it is beyond comprehension.

He learned about me playing World of Warcraft (WoW) months after I played the game. I was level 35 when he decided to follow the MBS friends' footsteps of playing in WoW. That's fine by me, the more the merrier, right? He was diligent with playing WoW.. levelling up all by himself. He turned away any help that we wanted to render - just soloing for what it's worth. WOW is not a a game to play solo. It is a massive multi player online game!

He's now level 35 I believe. I am 49. I didn't have much time to play due to work and life. I decided to stop the game. I cancelled my subscription and emailed all my friends that I am cancelling. Next thing I know, Mr Fly messaged me that he's cancelling his account too!

I was speechless. I mean, it's not like we play together often enough that he'll miss me when I am not around. We hardly ever play together. So why did he want to sign up, and now cancel when I cancelled?

I can understand the signing up because all of our friends are playing WoW.
I just don't understand it the cancelling part just because I decided not to continue my subscription! He has a lot of time and are usually bored. WoW is just the right game for him, to kill time, to play with his friends (since he's a loner).

If there is a definition of a stalker, that's him!

(reminds me of the movie, Single White Female... brrrrrrrrr)

Monday, April 16, 2007

He's here, the Phantom of the Opera!

Came back from Phantom last weekend. Phantom of the Opera was excellent. I am glad I went to see it again.

Even though I know the story, it was refreshing to see the play at a different angle. I first saw Phantom in 2002 in West End. At that time I had a very good seat in the front. I remember it was perhaps 5th or 6th row from the stage. At that time, I didn't know what to expect so it was wow-factor though I was lost in some of the scenes - thick British accent, you see.

This time, having seen the movie version (and DVD) several times, I was very familiar with the scenes and all the songs. I know what to expect. Yet, it was still refreshing to see how the scenes turned out. I was able to appreciate all the little details even more. I think I'll not get bored of Phantom :P

We were very lucky. The seats I chose turned out to be a box-side seats. You know how those special "balcony" at the side of the theater? The one where Richard Gere and Julia Roberts saw the Italian opera in the movie Pretty Women? The one he said "only the best"? Well, we have such a seat. All 4 of us, in a private little corner.. and we can whisper to each other or humm the song without disturbing other people because there's no other people around us :)

And watching the show in a box-side seat gave a different perspective - I could really see the whole scene from afar.. from the top, appreciating and absorbing everything. It was excellent! I am glad I went.

Anne and my sister enjoyed the show tremendously. They felt it was money well spent, Phantom being the first "big scale" musical. Anne and my sis went for Saturday Night Fever, the Sound of Music and Grease in KL before and they said that all of them combined cannot be compared to Phantom.

Singapore is well, Singapore - clean, nice paved road, efficient traffic, safe, etc. We stayed with Monica's sister's boyfriend and he's such a great host! I felt so pai seh but ai, what can we do? If I knew we are staying with the bf instead of her sis, I would have rented a room myself. Despite that, we enjoyed ourselves and it reaffirms again that there are always hospitable and kind people around - and I should be one myself ... :)

Anyway, back to life.
Back to reality..

Monday, April 09, 2007

PoTo

3 more days before Phantom of the Opera in Singapore!
I am extremely excited!
A break from work and house ... can't wait man!

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Niamah

A friend recommended Patrick Teoh's blog. Patrick is a celebrity of some sort in Malaysia. Check it out. It's hilarious!

http://niamah.blogspot.com/
Those little things, good and bad, that happen everyday that make us want to go, "Niamah!!!" Go on. Say it out LOUD. It's therapeutic.

Economy is bad?

Have you noticed that it is very difficult to get home improvement work done these days? My roofing (pergola, to be exact) had some problem ...